PG Williams to opt out of 76ers contract
Philadelphia 76ers point guard Lou Williams reportedly will opt out of the final year of his contract and test the free agent market.
His agent, Leon Rose, confirmed to the decision to The Philadelphia Inquirer on Saturday.
The 6-1 Williams came off the bench in 64 games this season to lead the 76ers in scoring. He averaged 14.9 points a game and 3.5 assists while making 40.7 percent of his field goals.
The 76ers have more leverage to keep Williams. Under terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, they could offer him a five-year contract while other teams could only offer a four-year deal.
Teams can begin negotiating with free agents July 1 and deals can be signed starting July 11.
“I know Lou loves the fans, the city, the organization, his teammates and has the utmost respect for coach Collins and his staff,” Rose said. “Based on what Lou has done in terms of production on the court, leadership and excepting his role off the bench for the betterment of the team, I also believe the Sixers will step up to keep him like they did last summer with Thad (Young).